The 5 Winners of our 2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition

The 5 WINNERS of our

*2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*



Mason Alexander

US Visa Solutions

US Visa Solutions | London

Donohoe & Co

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

 The 5 winners of our international *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition* were announced in London on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at a reception hosted by the international law firm CMS). More than 150 lawyers from cities around the world entered their stunning travel photos.  My thanks to all the lawyers that sent me in their photos.  You may be interested to see this year’s winning photos.

1st Place

Marsha Williamson  |  Lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in London

What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Marsha’s WINNING photo:

Marsha Williamson’s image wins it for me.

Very nicely composed with the larger mountain leading your eye into the middle of image.

Lovely details and textures in the mountain.

Shadows in foreground well preserved.

I feel the magnificence.

I would like to have stood there!

Well done

2nd Place

Michael Friedman  |  Lawyer at Kobre & Kim in New York

What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Michael’s photo:

Michael Friedman’s image grabbed my attention.

I would have loved to have seen more of the man’s profile.

Just a slight turn of his head to the right.

Silhouettes can be tricky but I like the colours and the man’s pose as he carries his footwear.

Placing the subject more or less in the center works as does the placement of the horizon.

The reflection of the silhouette and that beautiful sky finishes off the image nicely.

3rd Place

 Clémence Dillange  |  Lawyer in Paris

Photo Credit: Clémence Dillange, lawyer in Paris. Clémence wins 3rd Place in our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*

What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Clémence’s photo:

Clemence Dillange’s  picture caught my eye.

The quiet stillness and those subtle colours of pink and blue work for me.

I like the painterly feel of this image which has been thoughtfully composed.

The larger islands on each side lead your eye to a lighthouse.

It looks like three boats on the left which add a sense of mystery.

4th Place

Gareth Bryne  |  Senior Corporate Counsel at Bord Gais Eireann in Dublin

What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Gareth’s photo:

Gareth Byrne’s image of the hot air balloon works because of the time of day.

The beautiful light reveals textures and shapes on the ground.

The balloon works as a subtle splash of colour and interest which leads the eye to the redder mountains in the distance

Well done.

5th Place

Peter Mallon  |  Lawyer at MJ Hudson in London


 What our JUDGE Laurence J. McMahon said about Peter’s photo:

Peter Mallon’s image of the two men are having an animated conversation was intriguing.

I can imagine the aromas and sounds in the street.

Nicely caught with the sun backlighting the men and I like the browns and whites and slight warm tone which all works well.

Some Photos

from our Prize-Giving Reception at

CMS, London

Dr Miranda Brawn and Colin Carroll (Founder of Lawyers’ BD CLUB)

Colin Carroll (Founder of Lawyers’ BD CLUB) speaking about the photos entered in our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*



Thanks very much to Rita Lowe, Head of Banking and Finance at CMS for sponsoring and hosting our Lawyers BD CLUB event at CMS’s fab new offices in London.

Mason Alexander

My thanks to Megan Shannon of  Mason Alexander – one of our sponsors of our *2nd Annual Lawyers Photography Competition*. Mason Alexander is a leading Irish recruitment firm based in Dublin.

US Visa Solutions: Law Office of Janice A. Flynn

Thank you to Janice A. Flynn of US Visa Solutions in London for sponsoring our 2017 competition. US Visa Solutions is one of the top US Visa firms in London.

Donohoe & Co

Thank you to Helena Donohoe, Managing Partner of Donohoe & Co.  Donohoe & Co is a leading international divorce and family law firm in London.


Lawyers BD CLUB (London): Exclusive Event

Fireside Chat



General Counsel, Diageo plc

I have a special event planned for the London chapter of the Lawyers BD CLUB which I’m very excited about.

SIOBHAN MORIARTY the General Counsel of Diageo plc (the FTSE 100 company) has confirmed she will be our guest speaker.  She has very kindly agreed to join me for a #FiresideChat.

Siobhan will chat about her personal career journey and share with us lessons she has learned along the way.

It would be great to see you if you were in a position to join us.  It will all be very informal and relaxed so I am sure you would enjoy the evening.


Where & When: London

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

 Time: 6.30 PM  –  7.30 PM.

Fireside Chat with Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel of Diageo plc

 FREE ADMISSION (Limited Places)

Siobhan Moriarty

General Counsel, Diageo plc

Siobhán is a graduate of University College Dublin and is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and in England & Wales.  She held various positions in law firm private practice in Dublin and London, principally 7 years as a corporate lawyer with Clifford Chance, before joining Diageo’s in-house legal team in 1997.  Siobhán has done a variety of roles in Diageo, including Corporate M&A Counsel, Regional Counsel Ireland and General Counsel Europe, before taking on responsibility for leadership of the global legal team as General Counsel in 2013.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Diageo plc.

Siobhán is also the joint Executive Committee sponsor of Diageo’s diversity and inclusion agenda.  Siobhán has previously served for two years as a Diageo nominated non-executive director on East African Breweries Limited, one of the largest listed companies on the Nairobi Stock exchange.

Diageo is a FTSE10 company, listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  It is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.  Diageo’s products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit Please also visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Some of our previous guest speakers


The Lawyers’ BD CLUB

Colin Carroll




Arianna Huffington

Co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world’s most influential news and information brands.


Please click here for our interview with Arianna Huffington

 Linda Rottenberg

CEO of Endeavor


Linda was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century”.

Please click here for our interview with Linda Rottenberg, CEO


Managing Partner of US Visa Solutions  |  London

What I’ve learned is that fear is not something that should hold you back from what you want to do.

Janice A. Flynn, Managing Partner, US Visa Solutions 

Please click here for our interview with Janice A. Flynn

Peter King

Corporate Partner at Weil  |  London

Don’t lose touch with people you enjoy working with and aim to build long term working relationships.  They are likely to become important to you later in your career.  [Peter King, Partner at Weil]

Please click here for our interview with Peter King

Previous Laywers BD Club Event

Fireside Chat in PARIS

with Bjarne Tellmann

Venue:  Hogan Lovells, Paris

More details are on this link

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